Russell Hampton
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Jul 07, 2020
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Arden Hills/Shoreview
Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Flaherty’s Arden Bowl
1056 W. County Road E
(just east of Snelling Ave. N. on Co. Rd. E)
Arden Hills, MN 55112
United States of America
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President's Corner
Following member Peggy Strom's discharge from the hospital after some major surgery, a dozen or so members welcomed her home with a parade past her new home.  Peggy was sitting at the end of the driveway with her husband Don by her side.  Kay Baker coordinated the parade with Don and the local association to ensure we wouldn't be disturbing Peggy or have an encounter with the sheriff for trespassing in North Oaks.  Even though Peggy & Don live in a short cul de sac there was a traffic jam as we pulled in led by my vehicle with a flashing yellow overhead light compliments of Mark Stange.  There were two dump trucks, a pickup and a Bobcat removing an evergreen on the street shortly followed by a Geek Squad van.  As Kay Baker (I think it was her) commented before we got moving, "It is great to be doing something fun for a change."  I think we are all starting to suffer from the quarantine blues and this was a great way to cheer up Peggy and to get out of our homes.  Since we were all in separate cars we maintained the appropriate social distance.  In the exercise of my arbitrary and capricious power as club president, I decreed all who participated got a makeup.
Although Flaherty's will be able to open June 1 food service will only be allowed on the patio under Gov. Walz's order.  No one will be allowed inside.  Consequently, we are going to continue to meet weekly via Zoom for the foreseeable future.  I will make a small reservation for a real happy hour at Flaherty's patio on Thursday, June 5, at 5 pm.  Let me know if you feel comfortable enough that you will be able to attend.
Kent Peterson has really demonstrated Service Above Self with his work on the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition joined by members Stephanie Cosgrove, Ken Hola and Mark Stange.  Our club has already donated $1000 in "seed money" to the coalition.  We also donated $100 in support of a Rotary District 5960 grant to help the coalition as one of the co-sponsors along with the Roseville and New Brighton/Mounds View Rotary Clubs.  Individual contributions are also being solicited.  See Kent's e-mails for information on how to contribute.  Ken and Mark are working on a virtual run/walk fundraiser scheduled for late June.  The coalition will use funds to assist with housing and food deprivation for those hurt by the pandemic in our community.
The results are in for the selection of a club visioning statement.  The winning club statement is, "Striving to make a better world, locally and globally, through service above self."  Look for that statement to appear on the club website.  Thanks to Dennis Erno's team of Anoop Mathur, Mark Stange and John Suzukida for developing the visioning statements and to Al Ramos for setting up the Survey Monkey balloting to select the winning statement.  If someone asks what we do as Arden Hills-Shoreview Rotarians, answer we strive to make a better world, locally and globally, through service above self!
The pandemic has caused the cancellation of the Slice of Shoreview and, consequently, our bingo fundraiser.  The craft beer tasting is in doubt, as presently park pavilions can only be used under Gov. Walz's order for gatherings of 10 or fewer people.  Put on your thinking caps and come to the June 2 Zoom meeting with your ideas on what our club can do to raise funds for our activities in the 2020-21 Rotary year under President Glenn Bowers.  Ken Hola will lead the planning session.  New ideas will be welcome.
The peaceful transition of club administrations will take place on July 7 when the gavel passes to President Glenn and I get to wear to wear the coveted Past President's pin.  Thanks to everyone for all you have done in the past Rotary year.  My last President's Corner will be in the next newsletter and I hope to summarize our club's accomplishments over the past year.
Weekly Programs
Weekly Programs
The COVID-19 situation is threatening our traditional methods of fundraising. With the Slice of Shoreview cancelled, we lost the funds raised by Bingo. Taste of the Hops has an uncertain future. We raise the money we spend on a year’s service project during that Rotary Year. Without these 2 fundraisers, we need to look for other opportunities and find creative solutions. Our first June meeting will be a club business meeting, focused on new fundraising concepts. Bring your ideas for discussion. This meeting will be led by Ken Hola and the Fundraising Team.
On June 9, we will hear from District Governor Tiffany Ervin from District 7670 in western North Carolina. Tiffany is an award-winning motivational speaker, boutique owner, and television host. If you missed her presentation at our recent virtual Conference of Clubs, this is your chance to hear this Rotary Geek. Her presentation is titled ‘Adventures in Service’.
June 16 brings us our own Maryna Daw and Tony Turgeon. They will give their perspectives and experiences on real estate in the COVID-19 world. Patty Hall joins us the following week, June 23. Patty is a White Bear Lake Rotarian and founder of International non-profit, H2O for Life. She recently led a group of White Bear Lake Rotarians on a trip to Kenya to visit water projects followed by a 7 day climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She will share how she trained and geared up for this once in a lifetime experience. 
We end the 2019-20 Rotary year with a program regarding what is being done to combat invasive aquatic species in Minnesota. Meg Duhr recently joined the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota. Meg spent much of her career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote Northwest Hawaiian Islands managing habitat and biology programs and battling island invasives of the plant, rodent, and avian varieties. Since 2017, Meg served as the Integrated Pest Management Specialist for the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Eastern Washington where she coordinated invasive species control across eight Refuges and two military properties.
Monthly Celebrations of Club Members



Member Birthdays

Andy Thomas - June 18
Paul McCreight - June 27
Spouse Birthdays
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Stephanie and Tom Bruggers - June 6 (20 years)
Glenn and Pam Bowers - June 15 (29 years)
Dennis and Kathy Erno - June 15 (52 years)
Paul and Kate McCreight - June 17 - (20 years)
Shelly and Bob Myrland - June 20 (17 years)
Peggy and Don - June 29 (18 years)
Club Anniversaries
Charlie Oltman - 2 yrs
May 5 - Club Meeting
Today's speaker was Mary Sue Hansen, Executive Director of the Suburban Ramsey County Family Collaborative (SRFC).  Since 1998, SRFC has operated as a Joint Powers Board to assist families, which means they are not directly providing services themselves, but instead partnering with others to identify needs and connect people with the services they need.  Their work is guided by constantly asking this question:  "How are the children?", with a primary focus on food and housing insecurity.  They work with four school districts: 621 (Mounds View), 622 (North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale), 623 (Roseville), and 624 (White Bear Lake).  And they have partnerships with many county and social service providers.  Mary Sue is one of only two employees of the Collaborative working to make all this happen and has been there since it's inception 21 years ago.  SRFC is one of the partners in the newly formed Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition, of which our club is a part.  The coalition has been created to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic locally by raising funds, sponsoring virtual events, donating goods and providing volunteers.